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Oh, Crap…

Filed under: General — Tigerseye @ 8:55 am Wed 12th November 2008

Original article…

http://www.stuff.co.nz/vote08/4757899a28477.html

It is also understood Key plans to relieve Judith Collins of the welfare portfolio and offer it to up-and-coming Waitakere MP and solo mother Paula Bennett.

Let’s hope she is not a bitter, anti-male solo mother.

7 Responses to “Oh, Crap…”

  1. Alastair says:

    I have met Paula Bennett and got the opportunity to voice concerns at the operation of CS. She certainly made supportive noises, none the less she is a polititian and will say what you want to hear without answering the question.

    For me I suggest we put together a list of requests and send it to all National MP’s over as many signitures as possible. We become “A Fathers co-operative”

    Any thoughts?

  2. Hans Laven says:

    Good idea Alastair. I agree also with Darryl’s views expressed in another thread that we now have some possible opportunity to increase awareness in newly-elected MPs and ministers about fathers’ and men’s concerns. And yes, it will be important that any such dialogue is reasoned and non-abusive.

    For example, Key wants to reduce government spending. He could probably make all the savings he seeks simply by discontinuing the Ministry of Women’s Affairs. Let’s make him aware there would be some strong support for this.

  3. julie says:

    Paula is already supportive. Waitakere is a good place.

  4. Scrap_The_CSA says:

    Paula is already supportive.

    Julie have a read of Paula’s hansard questions on Child Tax and her speech on the COC Bill.

    Regards

    Scrap

  5. Tigerseye says:

    Hans, that is a great idea. I’m happy to help draught a letter. If every mens group is happy to support it – working as one – that would be very advantageous.

  6. Alastair says:

    I agree, I’m happy to post it onto Pauls-News, Hans could possibly do the same on NZFVL. These may be better, they are not public. When released it is more of a surprise and we don’t have so many spies in our midst.

  7. Dave says:

    I don’t know about Paula Bennett but she has to be better than Judith Colins.
    Katherine Rich is out so that’s one strong plus.
    Paula Bennett said the following in Hansard on Family Courts Matters Bill (2008):

    “As I have said earlier–and I want to reiterate it again–as far as I am concerned it is one of those processes where it is very hard to find winners. It is very hard to find anyone who comes out of this court process and feels like they have actually accomplished what they want to. At the end of the day, my personal opinion would be that if one is not getting to spend as much time with one’s children as one possibly can and find something that actually is equitable for both parties, then it is always a bit of a shame for everyone involved.”

    Source: http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/PB/Debates/Debates/f/4/4/48HansD_20080905_00000852-Family-Courts-Matters-Bill-In-Committee.htm

    Might I suggest that we view Paula Bennett as an opportunity. Perhaps if we work on her and educate her and reason with her there is a chance of some small gains. If we attack her from the start we harm ourselves.

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